Coping with the Unexpected Consequences of a Work Injury
Many workers suffering from a work-related injury or disease believe life will never return to normal. Other injured workers, even those experiencing permanent and life-altering conditions, somehow remain optimistic about their situation and their future. Here are a few of our observations and suggestions for dealing with the psychological aftermath of a work injury:
The unexpected consequences of injury
The workers’ compensation system is tough to understand and does not always work the way it is supposed to work. Aside from the obvious medical problems, pain, and medical treatment needs, there are unexpected negative side effects.
The attorneys at Ricci Law Firm shoulder a lot of weight for their clients’ legal problems, such as late or missing checks, denied medical appointments, bill collectors, and unscrupulous or unpleasant adjusters. But even aside from legal issues, Ricci Law Firm recognizes that the day-to-day trials are still extremely trying for many workers and their families. An experienced and compassionate workers’ compensation attorney will address and consider not only the injured worker’s legal problems, but also his or her practical problems arising after an injury:
- Missing the routine and schedule of going to work
- Inability to help with housework and yardwork
- Sudden lack of camaraderie and friendship with co-workers
- Lack of connection with family, spouse, and children due to physical inability
- Frustration about inability to financially support the family
- Boredom from being homebound and immobile
- Depression due to perceptions of hopelessness
- Embarrassment about relying on family help for hygiene and transport
For many injured workers, being a productive and independent member of society is a way of life, and the sudden change can be devastating. Similarly, many spouses of injured workers have trouble adjusting to their new role of caretaker and breadwinner.
The attorneys at Ricci Law Firm take the time to get to know their clients and their families to help them address not just their legal needs, but also their emotional ones. Some examples of ways that a diligent attorney can help, depending on the situation:
- Insist that the insurer provide the injured worker psychological treatment and counseling
- Request free retraining or education to help the injured worker return to work
- Seek vocational assistance with job applications and other job search efforts
- Move for the insurer to pay for in-home nursing care or attendant care to relieve family members
- Request free transportation for the injured worker to travel to appointments
- Insist that the insurer pay for home modifications or renovations
- Request nurse case management to schedule and arrange appointments
- Seek approval for out-of-home rehabilitation, including gym memberships or pool therapy
The attorneys at Ricci Law Firm regularly advise their clients about the above options to help them cope with the aftermath of injury. Every injury is different, and every family is different. Siding with a compassionate, reliable attorney who takes the time to listen to all the needs of an injured worker makes a world of difference.